There’s a lot of ghosts with unfinished business on Nancy Drew.
With just 46 hours left on the clock, the race to destroy the Aglaeca continues on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 4.
The Drew Crew attempts to utilize the dybbuk box that they scooped up from AJ Crane’s apartment, but there are a few caveats.
First off, the dybbuk box needs to be made of a certain type of wood and blessed by a rabbi who died in 1971. Ace immediately finds a solution by explaining that there’s a dybbuk box on loan from a private collection in Boston that they could potentially get their hands on.
Okay, it’s half of a solution because the museum won’t just rent the box to anyone. And that’s where Ryan Hudson comes into play.
Ace embarks on a little adventure with Ryan and Drew Carson, which gives us one of the show’s greatest team-ups.
Ace is a mediator between two grown men who don’t seem eye-to-eye at first, but the trip bonds them and by the end of the hour, they’re working together to figure out what is going on with Nancy.
To be fair, she was talking about ghosts and stuff, which is bound to concern any parent even one that just found out he’s your dad not too long ago.
It was nice to see them talk it out like adults should instead of slinging cheap shots at each other. Neither of them meant to hurt the other. Carson was simply doing the best for Nancy and honoring Lucy’s wishes.
It was big of Carson to apologize for robbing Ryan of the chance to be a father.
Both of them were trying to right their wrongs; Carson gave Ryan advice on how to connect with Nancy, while Ryan did his best to be there for her starting with purchasing the dybbuk box.
You also have to give Ace credit for keeping the truth under wraps and remaining cordial with both of them. His bond with Carson is also really sweet.
Meanwhile, Nancy and Bess set out on another important mission: finding the necessary belongings to put into the dybbuk box. In order to trap the spirit, they needed meaningful objects from the ghost’s life and death.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Nancy suggests Owen’s sand could serve as a totem, which also marks the first mention of Owen roughly four episodes into the season. It’s strange how the series is just trying to erase his existence by having Nancy act as though his death didn’t impact her at all.
Finding a totem from OdetteLamar’s life allows us to explore more of her backstory, and it’s heartbreaking.
Nancy and Bess attempt to find the necklace she wore in her portrait, which was later worn in a photo by Agnes, Captain Douglas Marvin’s second wife.
During the search, Bess and Nancy have their scariest ghost encounter to date as Agnes locks them in the cellar and terrorizes them. The jump-out-of-your-seat scares are Nancy Drew’s specialty.
It’s unclear why Agnes did that because Nancy’s search — aided by Ryan Hudson, who proudly boasts that he solved a riddle before Nancy Drew — reveals that Agnes was not mental at all as the history books led people to believe.
It was a cover-up because she found out the truth about her husband drowning Odette aboard the ship and stealing all her wealth to build the town of Horeshoe Bay. When she tried to expose his misdeeds to Reverand Hudson, she was deemed mentally insane and locked away until her untimely death.
No wonder Horseshoe Bay attracts so many evil spirits; it’s literally built on the blood of two women.
And for the most part, the Marvin and the Hudson families continue to be the town’s thorn.
Agnes was a crafty woman, however, who left Odette’s necklace and a letter containing the truth in a confessional at the church. She hoped someday, someone would solve the cipher she left behind in the hymnal and expose the truth.
With the necklace in her possession, Nancy and the Drew Crew attempt to lure the Aglaeca’s spirit and trap it into the dybbuk box.
Sadly, it doesn’t work and only angers the vengeful spirit.
But it does lead them to a new and promising conclusion — they can hurt the Aglaeca, which means that there’s a possibility they can kill her. All they have to do is figure out the “how.”
I wish the Aglaeca would just accept Nancy’s offer of righting history and telling her story.
Odette was used by greedy men, and the town deserves to know the truth about what happened to her. With Agnes’ letter in hand, she can now has the proof to back up what she said during the historical tour!
It’s likely that the Drew Crew will eventually find a way to defeat the Aglaeca before time runs out, but not everyone’s survival is guaranteed, so it’s reasonable that the group was preparing for death, writing their obits, and struggling to say goodbye.
If you knew you were going to die, you’d want to leave your loved ones with a lasting memory, make sure they’re protected, and know how much you love and appreciate them.
George wanted to make sure her sister took over her responsibilities and took care of the family in her absence, but instead, she pushed her too hard. When she apologized and told her she loved her, it was a genuine moment that allowed her to say how she really felt before it’s too late.
Nick told George that he loved her while he still had the time and the opportunity.
Ace didn’t have it in him to say goodbye to his father in person, and he knew that if he told him the truth, his dad would die trying to find a way to save him. He didn’t want to put him at risk, so he wrote a letter.
And poor Bess couldn’t find the words to say to Lisbeth because the truth and the lie would both break her heart. It’s reassuring that Bess and Lisbeth are still going strong because it’s been a bit since we’ve seen them together and hopefully, Bess has the opportunity to make it up to her for missing dinner.
As for Nancy, this is the first time a TV show lead doesn’t have a love interest, but I’m still rooting for Nancy and Ace! Will almost dying make them realize they have feelings for each other?
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – Tom Swift Comes to Horseshoe Bay (2×15)
- It’s always fun to see a new person in town deny the fact that ghosts are real. As Nancy put it, “you can’t out science ghosts.”
- George and Nick really attempted to have a cute date night while the world was falling apart around them.
- First George messed up a spell and made a ghost come out of Bess’s cheek and then she was possessed by a hex. Poor Bess!
- There’s something so pure about Ace telling Swift that he named his car Florence because it came to him in a dream.
- You would think a meteorite would be a lot heavier… just saying!
- I can’t wait to see Nancy rock couture!
What did you think of the episode? Do you agree that it was one of the best this season?
Let us know in the comments below1
Nancy Drew Review – What Happened to Dolores Barrett? (2×14)
Nancy Drew delivered an intense and powerful episode that tackled police brutality in a way that was authentic to the series.
The episode swapped the usual supernatural mystery for a who-dun-it set at the police precinct.
Everyone that was trapped in the station that evening played some kind of role in the 2013 disappearance of a Black woman named Dolores Barrett.
The “arbiter” called upon Nancy Drew to figure out what happened, and Nancy was up for the challenge mainly because she wanted to redeem herself after the whole town thought she was a fraud for rescinding her statement against Everett Hudson. Heck, they even called her the “liar of Horsehoe Bay.”
Since the episode gave off murder mystery dinner party vibes, I didn’t expect it to take such a heartbreaking turn.
Within a few hours, Nancy figured out that Dolores was deceived and harassed by Brandon, the married man she was seeing, humiliated by Mitzi, who couldn’t hide her racism, terrified and assaulted by Fraser, who hit her head while arresting her, and ignored by Hampton, who turned a blind eye as she died a slow and terrible death in her jail cell.
The series often addressed dark storylines, but none of them are ever as gut-punching as this one since they’re set in a supernatural world.
Sadly, there was nothing supernatural about this.
Dolores, a Black woman, was murdered at the hands of police while in police custody, and they didn’t even hesitate to cover it up.
Not even Horsehoe Bay is immune from police brutality.
It’s no secret that Nick is one of the only men of color on the show, so it was nice that he was able to nudge Tamura into doing the right thing.
Nick and Nancy are singlehandedly responsible for the police reform happening in their small town.
It’s striking how much pressure needed to be put on everyone in order to have them confess to such a terrible crime.
You’d think their conscience would eat at them, but instead, they needed to be threatened and put on the spot to come clean.
Nancy was able to get justice for Dolores, and she even figured out that the Reverand was behind the whole thing.
I know she wanted the truth but it seems a little extreme that a woman of God would think that threatening people with violence was the solution.
Tamura was even injured in the process, and though he made it out alive, it was still a little concerning at one point.
I also don’t know why the series is pushing a love story between Nancy and Gil when she and Tamura have obvious chemistry.
Maybe Gil is supposed to represent the idea that Nancy isn’t feeling like herself. She doesn’t know what she stands for or who she is anymore. The only way she’s going to get back on track is if she remedies what happened with the Everett Hudson case.
Tamura began asking questions about Nancy and Ryan Hudson’s relationship, and while Nick shut that down immediately by asking that they focus on the missing Black woman for once, it’s concerning that other people are beginning to notice how close they’ve gotten.
Realistically, why would someone like Nancy and someone like Ryan be that close unless there was more to the story?
People are going to talk and possibly figure it out. My money is on Tamura figuring it out first.
Carson Drew may not be Nancy’s biological father, but he sure knows her well.
When he came by the station, Nancy tried to get rid of him by telling him off. It seemed like a harsh approach, but she was actually sending him a secret message via a riddle from her childhood.
Carson immediately knew Nancy was in danger and being held hostage.
I wish that we saw more of his team-up with Bess and George because that’s a fun trio! No matter which of the show’s characters you put into a scene together, it just works!
Carson talking about scaling a building was downright hilarious.
While Nancy handled things at the station, Bess and George were a bit busy summoning Aunt Mei’s spirit into Ace’s body.
Is it just me or did he nail the mannerisms of an older Asian woman perfectly?
Aunt Mei helped them find Mary Clarke, Odette’s long-lost lover, but the news wasn’t what she wanted to hear.
Odette couldn’t be reunited with the love of her life because she had moved on after living a long, prosperous, and happy life.
Human or ghost — no one wants to hear that they were only a small part n someone’s story when they were a major part of yours.
And sadly, reuniting Odette with Mary was their one shot at getting George back into her body exclusively.
And now, the pressure is on because as Aunt Mei pointed out, her lifeline is merging with Odette’s and shortening greatly.
George is running out of time to untangle Odette’s soul from hers.
If only Aunt Mei had a solution!
Other Bayside Claw Musings
- Aunt Mei saying she took Ace’s body because she wanted to see what it’s like to be a tall white man was hilarious and so very valid.
- I also couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that she blamed George’s ghost problem on the fact that she didn’t go to college.
- Oh, and happy-n0t-real-birthday, Nancy. It surely was eventful.
What did you think about the episode? Did you enjoy the real-world influence on the case-of-the-week?
Nancy Drew Review – Fire Souls (2×13)
Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 13 felt like it was packed with two mysteries in one.
Nancy, Ace, and Amanda teamed up to help Drew solve a mystery on the uninhabited Moonstone Island.
But much to their surprise, the island was inhabited by a young girl named Birdie, real name Elizabeth, who was deemed deceased after a shipwreck killed her parents.
The case had the perfect mix of true crime and supernatural. Birdie’s uncle, Andrew, was arrested for murdering his brother and his wife after they threatened to turn his business over for money laundering.
As for Birdie, she was spared thanks to the fire souls, several pirates who commanded a U.S. ship back in the 1800s.
Initially, Nancy and the Drew Crew assumed that the pirates were responsible for Birdie’s family’s shipwreck, but it turns out that they saved her and wanted to keep her safe.
It was a surprising twist when it comes to spirits as we’ve come to know most of them for being vengeful.
Nancy also took it as a sign that even bad people can change and possibly be redeemed, which she applied to her newfound relationship with Celia Hudson.
Of course, everyone else thought she was losing it, and I’d have to agree.
The only “good” we’ve seen from Celia is that she helped Nancy save Ace’s life, and even that came with a price. She only agreed to help if Nancy recanted her testimony against Everett.
Everyone knows you cannot trust a Hudson. Even Ryan Hudson would tell you that.
Nancy is being naive and hopeful but it’s strange because it’s so unlike her to be fooled by something as simple as a beanie… even if it is cashmere.
I’d like to think this is part of Nancy’s bigger plan to take down the Hudson’s once and for all.
After all, the fact that she had to recount her testimony did plenty of damage to her and her friends.
Nancy’s credibility was ruined as we saw people question whether she’s lied and fibbed about the other cases she’s solved. It tainted the Drew name as the publications dragged Carson and his practice.
And it made the evidence that Nick and Ryan built up from Tiffany’s hard drives totally unusable, which I think hurt the most.
Everyone around Nancy can see that she’s being manipulated, so why is she so eager to believe that Celia would change for her?
There was so much tension between Ace and Nancy. Even Amanda pointed out that there was a “vibe,” so I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s been sensing it.
Nancy was uncomfortable seeing Ace with Amanda — and George and Bess seemed to pick up on her shade towards his new squeeze — and Ace was equally uncomfortable seeing Nancy with Gil.
In fact, he let Nancy know that he didn’t think Gil was a good romantic partner for her, but it’s evident Nancy is on some kind of destructive path.
Though, I think Ace simply has a bone to pick with Gil because he’s harboring these internalized feelings for Nancy and also sees how toxic he is towards Amanda. Obviously, Gil’s behavior towards Amanda is going to be completely different than it is towards Nancy, but it’s not promising if he’s an asshole to his sister.
At this point, Nancy seems to be avoiding all red flags in her life and gravitating towards anything that’s bad for her. Is it her rebellious phase?
After everything she’s been through, she kind of deserves it.
However, I do think that Nancy and Ace need to realize what everyone else is seeing sooner rather than later otherwise this resentment is simply going to fester.
And it’s definitely more complicated now that they’re seeing other people. Maybe that will help them realize what they should’ve known all along? Amanda is going on a solo trip to Europe, I’m just saying!
And then there’s Bess and Odette and their forbidden love. Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani sell the dynamic so well that it’s kind of impossible not to root for them even though you know it would be completely messed up for George and Nick.
Since Odette is clearly going to be a permanent staple in George’s life, she decided to make peace with it and come to terms with her existence.
At the kickstart of the episode, the two kept bickering and sabotaging each other but eventually, George saw Odette’s side of things.
She realized how much of her life has been taken from her already and that she was simply enjoying this second chance.
Instead of fighting it, George and Odette set some boundaries that worked for both of them. It looks like this arrangement could actually work out well for them!
A good solution does seem to be to locate Mary’s ghost and reunite Odette with the love of her life, but I admit I’d be sad to see Lewis’s French accent go!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you on team Ace and Nancy?
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